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DaveJL

F/A-18F, 166842, VFA-41 'Black Aces' 2009

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Hello all,

Here is my first entry for this GB. Hasegawa's 1/48 F/A-18F in the markings of VFA-41 'Black Aces'

The kit:

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The aftermarket:

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Will be using an Aires cockpit set, TwoBobs decals, Steel Beach ECS pipes and Steel Beach ACS upgrade.

The jet itself, over Afghanistan 166842

Dave

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Thats a nice looking bird I mean bug

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Hi Dave nice markings will be watching you build

Les

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Thanks Guys! Really like the scheme on this one. Have to say, the Super Bug is growing on me :lol:

Dave

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A nice choice there Dave.

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Cheers guys. Think i'll order up some seamless intakes for this one too.

Dave

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Ordered some seamless intakes for this one:

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Hoping to start this sooner rather than later, as my Hobbyboss F-14 for the Swing Wing GB is wearing me down.

Dave

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Started today. The lovely Aires cockpit set was assembled and painted, along with the Steel Beach ACS (Advanced Crew Station) coaming for the WSO:

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Also assembled the ordnance:

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Going for 2x Fuel tanks, 2x GBU-38's, 1x GBU-12, 1xGBU-31, 1x AIM-9 and an AN/ASQ-228 targeting pod. Seems the norm was to carry only 500lb bombs, but I have seen/heard of GBU-31's being carried.

Next up is to close the forward fuselage and start work on the intakes.

More to come.

Dave

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Looking real good Dave

(must make a start on mine)

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Cheers guys.

The Aires cockpit is a must for this kit as the cockpit details are provided by decals only in the kit.

Dave

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Nice Office (may be I should have gone with a Aires pit ,to late now )

Les

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More progress to show. Added the cockpit to the upper fuselage halve, but made a slight hash of the cut for the Aires coaming, so will need a dab of filler. The tub fits very well:

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Front fuselage section made up:

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Added the lovely Rhino seamless intakes:

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Made the necessary cuts to the kit side panels:

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Next up is to finish off the nose section, add the intake side panels and attach all the fuselage parts.

More to come.

Dave

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Nice job on the intakes Dave

Les

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Cheers Les. They're definitely a nice addition to the kit.

Dave

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Both coamings added today and a dab of filler to clean up the front section. The rear coaming is the Steel Beach ACS.

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Side panels on the intakes, ready to be filled and sanded flush:

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More to come.

Dave

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Cheers Gary, shouldn't be too long in coming together.

Dave

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It`s all coming together Dave and looking good

Les

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Nice job on the intakes Dave

Les

Seconded, they look great and easy to install.

Were did you get them from?

Shaun.

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Seconded, they look great and easy to install.

Were did you get them from?

Shaun.

Cheers. Got them off ebay mate, though the seller doesn't appear to have any at the minute.

Dave

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Looks very sweet, also like everyone I am well impressed with the intakes!

Looking forward to more :)

Kind Regards,

Dazz

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